School and Community Partnerships

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Piloted in 2013-14 with Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary, and now including Feltonville School of Arts and SciencesFeltonville Intermediate and our newest partner Philip H. Sheridan Elementary PAFA's School and Community Partnership brings all aspects of PAFA’s educational programs for students and families to the Kensington and Feltonville Community.

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During the academic year, every student at every school receives in-class lessons, opportunities to visit the museum, and a chance to contribute to an Art Island project, which is a multi-week collaborative project that allows members of the community to contribute to a permanent art project that will live at the school. Teachers at all grade levels and subjects receive professional development workshops, parents receive free family workshops to help support creativity at home and PAFA partners with other organizations throughout the year to present a number of arts festivals and celebrations for families in the neighborhood.

PAFA is committed to a deep investment with the Kensington and Feltonville communities over many years, working alongside partner teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to use the arts to support critical needs in literacy skills for a largely bilingual community. These programs do not replace the need for qualified art teachers in elementary schools, but work alongside committed professionals to support student learning, parental engagement and visual literacy for all members of the community.

PAFA is also committed to building and strengthening partnerships through the arts and is always interested in hearing from organizations and schools that are interested in joining this effort.

Upcoming Events

Family Arts Academy - Spring 2019 / Academia de Artes Familiares - Primavera 2019

PAFA's Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly programs that aim to strengthen initiatives in family development and art education. Bring the whole family to PAFA on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 p.m. to meet local artists, learn new skills, and make a different project every week. No registration required.

JANUARY 20 | Printmaking
Start the new year off by practicing your printmaking skills and take home an inventive and surprising masterpiece.

JANUARY 27 | Make Me a Summary
Combine wild colors, surprising materials and personal memories into sculptures that tell a story about all the things that make you unique.

FEBRUARY 3 | Game Day
We’re bringing back our annual day of facepainting, pretzels, and art games. Wear your
favorite team jersey and come prepared to compete creatively!

FEBRUARY 10 | Painting and Text
Explore how text and visuals can be combined to create artworks with extra impact and make your own take home, text-based painting.

FEBRUARY 17 | Collaboration

Work together in pairs and teams to create a giant, collaborative painting that combines all your creativity into one master artwork.

FEBRUARY 24 | Fantastic Beasts
Make your own mythological creatures inspired by the fierce and funny beasts roaming the historic galleries this winter

MARCH 3 | Portrait Blueprints
Play with pattern like Rina Banerjee by making mixed-media portraits that use weird materials like painted blueprints to tell a story.

MARCH 10 | Collaged Connections
Create colorful collages using various patterns inspired by Rina Banerjee’s Make Me a Summary of the World.

MARCH 17 | Drawing in Motion
Make a series of drawings and paintings that explore simple methods of making animations individually and as a group.

MARCH 24 | Fused Plastic
Take a cue from the giant pink Taj Mahal sculpture in PAFA’s galleries and experiment with using fused plastic as a creative material.

MARCH 31 | Costumed Collages
Using a variety of shapes and patterned fabric create your own wearable outfit inspired by fashionable works in PAFA’s collection.

APRIL 7 | Smartphone Cinema
Learn how to make movies from your cellphone and share your amateur creations at a small film festival at the end of the workshop.

APRIL 14 | Instrument Petting Zoo
Listen to a short performance by the Delaware County Symphony and then join in and make your own musical art sculptures.

APRIL 21 | Easter – No Program

APRIL 28 | Spring Family Festival
Celebrate the end of the Family Arts Academy season at our annual festival. Enjoy music, food, and artmaking stations with the whole family.

Family Arts Academy at PAFA is made possible with support from the 1830 Family Foundation, the Amaranth Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, and the Lindback Foundation

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La Academia de Artes Familiares es un programa semanal GRATUITO que brinda la oportunidad para que juntos aprendan sobre el arte compartiendo diferentes puntos de vista generacionales. Traigan a toda la familia a PAFA los domingos de 2 – 4 pm para conocer a artistas locales, aprender nuevas técnicas creativas y crear un proyecto diferente cada semana. No es necesario registrarse.

20 de ENERO | Grabados

Comenzaremos el año nuevo practicando nuestras habilidades de grabado y llévaremos a casa una obra maestra.

27 de ENERO | Hazme un Resumen

Combinaremos materiales sorprendentes, colores salvajes  y recuerdos personales en una escultura que cuente una historia sobre todas las cosas que nos hacen únicos.

3 de FEBRERO | Día del Juego

Volvemos con nuestro día anual de juegos de arte, pintura de cara y pretzels. ¡Vengan con su camiseta del equipo de su deporte favorito y prepárense para competir creativamente!

10 de FEBRERO | Pintura y Texto

Exploraremos cómo el texto y los elementos visuales se pueden combinar para crear obras de arte con mayor impacto y crearemos una pintura basada en esta técnica.

17 de FEBRERO | Colaboración

Trabajaremos en equipo creando una pintura gigante y colaborativa que combina todas las creatividades en una obra maestra.

24 de FEBRERO | Bestias Fantásticas

Crearemos nuestras propias criaturas mitológicas inspiradas en las fieras y divertidas bestias que vagan, este invierno, por las galerías históricas del museo.

3 de MARZO | Planos de Retrato

Jugaremos con patrones, como la artista Rina Banerjee, para crear retratos usando medios mixtos que cuentan una historia.

10 de MARZO | Conexiones en Collage

Crearemos un collage colorido utilizando varios patrones inspirados en la exhibición Hazme un Resumen del Mundo de la artista Rina Banerjee.

17 de MARZO | Dibujo en Movimiento

Realizaremos una serie de dibujos y pinturas que exploran métodos simples para crear animaciones.

24 de MARZO | Plástico Fundido

Usaremos como inspiración la escultura gigante del Taj Mahal que está en las galerías de PAFA para experimentar con el plástico fundido como material creativo.

31 de MARZO | Un Vestuario en Collage

Usaremos una variedad de formas y telas estampadas para crear un vestuario inspirado en obras de moda de la colección de PAFA.

7 de ABRIL | Smartphone Cinema

Aprenderemos cómo hacer películas utilizando el teléfono celular y compartiremos nuestras creaciones en un pequeño festival de cine al final del taller.

18 de ABRIL | Los Instrumentos de la Sinfonía

Disfrutaremos de la música de la Sinfonía del Condado de Delaware y luego haremos esculturas musicales.

21 de ABRIL | Pascua: No Hay Talleres

28 de ABRIL | Festival de Primavera

Los invitamos a celebrar un año de creaciones artísticas  con PAFA. Disfruten de música, comida, espectáculos, actividades de arte y la exhibición anual de la Academia de Artes Familiares.

2018 - 19 Partners

Matt McKnight: Artist Matt McKnight hosted school-wide collaborative workshops in January of 2019 at Philip H. Sheridan School to create an art and visual literacy-based Art Island project that was installed on school grounds permanently.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members. Workshops are held during after-school hours using a drop in model, with no registration required providing out-of-school settings for families to create together.  

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

COMHAR HOPE: A comprehensive human services organization that implements community centers, community living arrangements, co-occurring behavioral health, addiction and treatment programs for members of the community. PAFA partners with COMHAR's Latino Treatment Program as well as their Allegheny Center. PAFA provides monthly guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

Mann Older Adult Center: This great city center provides congregate meals, recreation, education, health service, transportation and counseling for older adults in the Fairhill community. PAFA provides Mann's members with art-workshops on-site as well as guided Museum Tours for members and their families.

2017 - 18 Partners

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

COMHAR HOPE Latino: A specialized program also known as Hispanic Effective Living Program (HELP) designed to meet the needs of members of the Latino community with mental illness. PAFA partners with them providing guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends.

Research for Better Schools (RBS) at PHMC: Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

2016 - 17 Partners

Wayne Kleppe: Artist Wayne Kleppe hosted school-wide collaborative workshops in December of 2016 at Feltonville Intermediate School to create an art and visual literacy-based Art Island project that was installed on school grounds permanently.

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Comhar Hope Latino: A specialized program also known as Hispanic Effective Living Program (HELP) designed to meet the needs of members of the Latino community with mental illness. PAFA partners with them providing guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends.

Research for Better Schools (RBS) at PHMC: Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

2015 - 16 Partners

Mia Rosenthal: Artist and PAFA alumni Mia Rosenthal hosted school-wide collaborative workshops in June of 2016 at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences to create an art and visual literacy-based Art Island project that was installed on school grounds.

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival during May for participating schools and families.

Centro Nueva Creación: Centro promotes resilience in young people through educational enrichment and engagement with the arts and Latino cultures. PAFA's partnership with them started in the summer of 2015 providing art lessons and museum field trips. 

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art lessons during out of school time to participating students and families.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends.

Research for Better Schools (RBS): Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

2014 - 15 Partners

People’s Paper Coop: This artist collective is hosting community workshops in April and May 2015 at Julia de Burgos School to create an art and literacy-based Art Island project for the school’s library space

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and is collaborating on a big end of year arts festival on May 30 for participating schools and families

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends

Research for Better Schools (RBS): Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

Art Island - Collaborative Artist Residency

Art Island is a collaborative art-making experience that brings a resident Philadelphia artist into the partner school for several weeks to work intensively with students, parents and teachers on a collaborative, permanent project. 

Art Island at Philip H. Sheridan School - Spring 2019

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would beautify the schools entrance as well as the first floor, artist Matt McKnight worked with students creating personal paper mosaic tiles that were then assembled as a whole and permanently installed creating a colorful and bright greeting into the school.

Art Island at Feltonville Intermediate School - Fall 2016

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would beautify the schools entrance hall – a space frequented by the entire student body as well as all who walk into the school - artist Wayne Kleppe worked with students creating personal flags that were then permanently installed creating a visual unified banner of flags.

         

Art Island at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences - Spring 2016

In response to the school’s request to have a project that responded to their outdoor yard, an area that is frequented by the entire school in the morning, during lunch time and during dismissal; artist Mia Rosenthal, a PAFA alumni, worked with students creating personal symbols, prompted by questions that made students think of their own identity. The symbols were vinyl printed and installed in the schools windows that face the outdoor yard. 

   

Art Island at Julia de Burgos School - Spring 2015

In response to the school’s request to have a project that addressed their lack of library resources, artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles, part of the People’s Paper Coop artist collective,  worked with students to transform discarded materials into blank handmade books for students to fill with their art, writing, and photography creating “Julia de Burgos Own People's Library.”

  

Art Island at Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School - Fall 2014

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would enhace their entrance and halls, artist Sandra Gonzalez worked with students creating personal tessellations which were then turned into a large-scale indoor mural transforming the way the school physicaly presents itself to students and visitors.

  

The School and Community Partnership Program is funded by grants from the William Penn Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, with additional generous support provided by the Fleischner Family Foundation and Dale and Richard Levy.

The Museum Education Van is made possible by a grant from The Snider Foundation.

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